VIDEO: Cash for recycled bottles set to slash litter
CENTRAL Queenslanders could soon be getting cash for recycled drink bottles if a campaign launched at Farnborough Beach on Saturday is successful.
The Cash for Containers scheme was launched during a beach clean up with community members, Plastic Bag Free Livingstone, Keppel MP Brittany Lauga and conservationist Bob Irwin.
Toby Hutcheon from the Boomerang Alliance said the scheme, which is being investigated by the State Government along with a single-use plastic bag ban, could see litter drop dramatically.
He said each year Queenslanders use roughly 1.6 billion drink containers.
In South Australia, where a container deposit scheme runs, over 80% of drink containers are recycled.
Mr Hutcheon said much of the rubbish picked up during the community beach clean up was plastic or drink containers.
He said Cash for Containers schemes had worked well in 40 other jurisdictions.
"It slashes the litter rate, it increases recycling," he said.
"Here in Queensland, we probably recycle about 30% of our containers.
"In South Australia they recycle over 80%.
"This sort of scheme would create a lot of local jobs.
"It's great for local organisations … because they can get involved in collecting cans and bottles and collecting the despots themselves."